By Ken Tucker
Updated April 30, 2009 at 03:48 PM EDT

David Letterman strolled out on stage last night with a wicked sore throat, but he soldiered on through his monologue… well, sort of. He gave up mid-way through and changed places with cue-card guy Tony Mendez, who did a pretty terrific job of delivering the one-liners:

Bandleader Paul Shaffer took over after Dave could only read #10 on the Top Ten list, delivering the yuks with the vigor of a Catskills tummler (ask your parents, kids).

Guest Jennifer Garner brought out hot tea and honey. Dave used the opportunity to do a little healing of his own, caring for Garner’s skinned knee… and arm, and hand…

Did you watch?